29 September 2014

The Thing We Need More Than Anything Else

Founders Note: Today on the blog we have are monthly contributor Victoria, she is sharing her heart on this month's theme Repentance. You can learn more about Victoria and her blog on the about page. 


“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth.”
Ephesians 1:7-10

In this fallen world, the thing that we humans need more than anything else is forgiveness. First, we need our relationship with our Creator to be made right. As we go through life, we come into contact with people that need our forgiveness and of whom we need to ask forgiveness as well. With that in mind, I can’t help but wonder why forgiveness is taboo. I have a feeling it has something to do with the fact that before forgiveness can be granted, sin must be confessed, revealed, and exposed.

Making forgiveness taboo is as ridiculous as locking all the food in the house up in a closet and saying, “Oh, we don’t even talk about that, let alone access it.”

It is difficult to look someone in the eye and tell them something terrible about yourself.It is difficult to look someone in the eye and listen as they pour out their struggles. It is, but it shouldn’t be.

After all, nothing I can confess should come as a shock to anyone. Nothing you confess should shock me. Our hearts are wicked and deceitful. The thing that we need more than anything else is forgiveness.

God knows this. When He takes the scales of self righteousness and pride off of our eyes, we know this.

Let’s take the lock off the pantry door and walk in forgiveness. Let’s look for our own sin. Let’s confess it to God. Let’s confess it to the people that will help us fight it and to the ones that we have directed it towards. Let’s listen to others as they confess their struggle with the wickedness bubbling up inside of them. Let’s gather together as the army that we are and make war with this sin that is destroying and devastating every soul in its wake.

God was teaching me about this topic earlier this year and I wrote about it over HERE. These word that I wrote that day have stuck with me:

“As Christians, we know that exposed sin always leads to forgiveness! Sure, we'll have to deal with consequences, but what are consequences in light of the life that we have in Christ?...Forgiveness is ours!”

The path to forgiveness isn’t all that pleasant, but the fruit of it is the most beautiful thing we can ever know. The fruit is unity and joy and peace with God and each other. Forgiven people love much and live with the grace of God as the light to their path. They shine with His glory.

God has made a way. God has commanded us to repent and to be saved and to be united with Him. God has commanded us to receive and to grant forgiveness. Christian, won’t you seek forgiveness today?

4 comments:

  1. Amen. Great post.

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  2. What a beautiful post Victoria! Thank you so much for sharing your words with us!

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  3. Thank you, Hillary!

    My favorite thing about this space is sharing what God has been teaching us with one another. :)

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  4. Thank you, Ladonna!

    Repentance never stops blessing us. :)

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